When to See a Periodontist

When to See a Periodontist

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If you suffer from periodontal disease, schedule a consultation with your general dentist first.  Only after careful evaluation and treatment planning would you then be sent to a periodontist.  Periodontists are familiar with the most advanced techniques necessary to treat gum disease, and also perform a vast range of procedures to enhance your smile to its fullest extent.

Periodontal Consultations

During your regular dental check-up, your dentist may find signs of periodontal disease and recommend a consultation with a periodontist. However, a referral is not necessary for a periodontal consultation.

If you experience any of these signs and symptoms, it is important that you schedule an appointment with a dentist without delay:

  • Bleeding while eating or brushing 
  • Continuous bad breath
  • Loose teeth and gum recession
  • Necrotic tissues
  • Related health conditions like heart disease, diabetes, osteopenia and osteoporosis

Diagnosis and Treatment

Before initiating any dental treatment, the periodontist must extensively examine the gums, jawbone and general condition of the teeth.  When gingivitis or periodontal disease is officially diagnosed, the periodontist has a number of options available to treat the underlying infection.

When it comes to the following conditions, your periodontist will have several treatments tailored to your situation:

  • Gingivitis/mild periodontal disease 
  • Moderate periodontal disease 
  • Advanced periodontal disease
  • Tooth loss 

If you have questions about periodontal disease, treatment or dental implants, call (920) 662-1440 and schedule an appointment today.

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